International Women’s Day is an important time to recognize the incredible achievements of women across the globe. We are proud to be a company that empowers and celebrates women in the cycling industry and we want to highlight some of the women who make Trek Travel special.
We are proud to have 40 of our 103 guides as amazing women. These women lead trips across North America and Europe and provide support, expertise, and incredible hospitality to our guests. Part of our guide training program is making sure every guide is a Trek certified bike mechanic, meaning we have over 40 female certified bike mechanics on the team. This is just one of the great ways that we are contributing to making this male-dominated industry more inclusive. Our guides also include 3 former women cycling pros on our Trek Travel team, who add a wealth of knowledge and experience to our bike tours.
Teaching and supporting the next generation of women is also an important aspect of many of our employees. One of our guides, Sarah Edwards, teaches young girls how to mountain bike in her free time. We have also had guides start organizations, such as Little Bellas, that focuses on building confidence and team work, and gets young girls into cycling. One of our Trip Designers, Rebecca Falls, volunteers for Little Bellas in her free time as is helping to create an inclusive environment in the outdoor industry.
In addition to our guides, we are proud to be a woman-owned company, led by our President Tania Burke. Tania has led Trek Travel for over 20 years and has created a culture of empowerment and equality in the industry. Tania was recently featured in WisBusiness, where she talks about mentoring her employees. “focusing on leadership skills developed by Jim Collins, author of numerous management books, including “Good to Great”.”, read the full article here. In our office, 38 of our 64 staff members are women that make up a variety of different departments.
We are proud to have so many amazing women on our Trek Travel team, from our guides to our office staff. Happy International Women’s Day!